Monday, August 20, 2012

F Stanislav Gron (Seattle, Kootenay, 1997-99) signed a one-year contract with Cortina (Italy, Serie A). He had 10 goals and 23 assists in 40 games with Kosice (Slovakia, Extraliga) and two goals in one game on loan to Bardejov (Slovakia, 1.Liga) last season. . . .
F Riley Armstrong (Kootenay, Everett, 2002-04) signed a try-out contract with Ambri-Piotta (Switzerland, NL A). He had one goal and two assists in five games with the Binghamton Senators (AHL), three goals and four assists in nine games with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) and three goals and two assists in 12 games with SaiPa Lappeenranta (Finland, SM-Liiga) last season. The try-out is for one to two weeks. Ambri-Piotta is coached by former Everett head coach Kevin Constantine.
The Moose Jaw Warriors inducted winger Jerome Bechard and goaltender Donovan Nunweiler into their Hall of Fame on Friday, along with Rose Mary Hartney, the club’s longtime education co-ordinator. . . . As Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald writes right here, Bechard and Nunweiler were kind of from opposite ends of the spectrum as players.
Gourlie has a piece right here on Hartney.
Gourlie also reported that the Warriors Hall of Fame will be housed in the city's new arena, Mosaic Place.
From the beginning, my theory in regards to the NHL and NHLPA negotiations has revolved around the Winter Classic.
This time around, the Winter Classic involves the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, a pair of Original Six teams.
The NHL can’t afford to lose the exposure it gets in the United States from the Winter Classic. Donald Fehr and the NHLPA recognize that.
Jeff Z. Klein, at The New York Times blog SlapShot, expounds upon the Winter Classic theory right here.
If you are even remotely interested in what it is like to have to negotiate with the NHL and its commissioner, Gary Bettman, you absolutely must give this right here a read. . . . It is an excerpt from a book by Richard Stursberg — The Tower of Babble: Sins, Secrets and Successes Inside the CBC — that details negotiations involved in keeping Hockey Night in Canada with the CBC. Stursberg was the head  of CBC English television. . . . As you are reading this, try to picture Donald Fehr, the head of the NHLPA, in negotiations with Bettman.  

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